2021: The emergence of digital foreign policy
All countries, albeit with differences in emphasis depending on their circumstances and capabilities, recognise that digitisation plays a role in foreign policy. In the age of digitisation, diplomacy is shifting and adapting. Some countries have launched comprehensive digital foreign policy strategies, others have instantiated dedicated positions such as cyber ambassadors or tech envoys. With existing developments coming to fruition and new developments taking shape, we believe that 2021 is the year where we will see digital foreign policy emerge fully.
Aims of the event -
Mapping: What is the current situation regarding countries’ digital foreign policy strategies? What other documents are particularly relevant and what are the different approaches taken by countries?
Analysing: What shape do digital foreign policy strategies take? What is the institutional setting supporting them?
Indicating best practices: What can we learn from these strategies and the approaches of various countries regarding their digital foreign policy? What advice can we give to countries seeking to develop such strategies and implementing their digital foreign policies?
Webinar: Stakeholder Engagement in Cyber Policy
This webinar, co-organised by the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre and Global Partners Digital, brings together actors from government, regional organisations, academia and civil society to share their experiences from engaging with stakeholders in cyber policy making and its value. But in particular they will discuss the challenges that exist and what has been reinforced by the COVID-19 pandemic and then provide ideas for alternative solutions for engagement and how these can inform integrative policy making also post pandemic.
Register here: https://cs-ox-ac-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIodO2rqDMjGNddOMFjONFb-Ws-JJPlSGma
- Kerry-Ann Barrett, Organization of American States (CICTE Cybersecurity Program)
- Geraldine Mugumya, National Information and Technology Authority - Uganda
- Nthabiseng Pule, Cybersecurity Capacity Centre for Southern Africa (C3SA)
- Daniela Schnidrig, Global Partners Digital
- Cynthia Wright, MITRE Corporation
OEWG Third Substantive Session
The Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) will hold its third and final substantive session between 8-12 March 2021. The OEWG was established by the UN General Assembly in December 2018 (A/RES/73/27). The OEWG is tasked to continue to develop the rules, norms, and principles of responsible behaviour of states; discuss ways for their implementation; and to study the possibility of establishing regular institutional dialogue with broad participation under the auspices of the UN. Also included in the group’s mandate is a study of existing and potential threats to information security and possible confidence building measures and capacity building. Its composition is declared as open, allowing all UN member states that express a desire to participate.
Research Institute in Sociotechnical Cyber Security (RISCS) Showcase 2021
The Research Institute in Sociotechnical Cyber Security is the UK’s first academic Research Institute to focus on understanding the overall security of organisations, including their constituent technology, people and processes.
By providing a platform for the exchange of ideas, problems and research solutions between academia, industry, and both the UK and international policy community, RISCS promotes and supports the development of scientifically rigorous sociotechnical approaches to cyber security. Central to the RISCS agenda is the application of bodies of knowledge to stimulate a transition from ‘common practice’ to ‘evidence-based best practice’ in cyber security.
During the 2021 RISCS showcase, 5 RISCS Fellows will present their views on the future research trajectory for sociotechnical cybersecurity and a panel will reflect upon it.
RSA Conference 2021
RSA Conference, the world’s leading information security conferences and expositions, today announced that RSA Conference 2021 will now take place the week of May 17 instead of in February as previously planned. The physical event remains in San Francisco at the Moscone Center and it will be accompanied by a robust and innovative virtual experience.
CyCon 2021: Going Viral
CyCon 2021's central theme is Going Viral. It alludes to the implications of human crises (such as the 2020 pandemic) for cybersecurity and cyberspace. At a more abstract level, it aims to encourage discussions on the impact of fast proliferation and high unpredictability in cyberspace. Whether they concern old threats such as malware or new trends affecting cyberspace such as information campaigns, these phenomena have major real-life implications. We need to acknowledge those, study them and strive to use them for our common benefit.
Final Substantive Session of the sixth UN GGE
The Final Substantive Session of the sixth United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security (UN GGE) has been scheduled for May 2021. The group was established following Resolution 73/266 (December 2018) of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), with the aim to continue the work of the previous five groups. It is therefore expected to continue to study, with a view to promoting common understandings, existing and potential threats in the sphere of information security and possible cooperative measures to address them, and how international law applies to the use of information and communications technologies by states, as well as norms, rules and principles of responsible behaviour of states, confidence-building measures, and capacity-building.
Cyber Week Israel 2021
Cyber Week is a large annual international cybersecurity event, hosted each year at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Over the past nine years, Cyber Week has become internationally acclaimed as one of the top cybersecurity events in the world. Cyber Week offers a unique gathering of cybersecurity experts, industry leaders, startups, investors, academics, diplomats, and government officials. With more than 9,000 attendees from more than 80 countries, this conference offers a thought-provoking exchange of knowledge, methods, and ideas that you won’t want to miss. Events will run for a full week and include over 50 roundtables, panels, workshops, forums, BSides, competitions, and more.
WEF Special Annual Meeting 2021
The World Economic Forum Special Annual Meeting 2021 in Singapore will convene on 17-20 August. The meeting follows the success of the Forum’s virtual Davos Agenda in January, which brought together world leaders from government, business and society.
The Special Annual Meeting 2021 in Singapore in August will be the first global leadership summit to address the challenges of recovering from the pandemic and laying the basis for a more inclusive and sustainable world. It will bring leaders face-to-face to focus on shaping solutions to the most pressing challenges of our times.
At Cybertech, the health and safety of our attendees is a priority first and foremost. Together with Cybertech Europe's key partners and stakeholders, we have decided to postpone Cybertech Europe to 2021. The dates of Cybertech Europe 2021 will be September 28-29 at La Nuvola Convention Center in Rome.
Cybertech Europe is the flagship event for cybersecurity, business and innovation in Europe. We will continue to bring leading content and business opportunities to the region, and are looking forward to your continued support.
In the meantime, we invite you to stay in touch and take an active part in the Cybertech community through our digital events platform, CybertechLive. For more information on upcoming digital events, please visit https://events.cybertechconference.com/
We thank you for your understanding and we can’t wait to see you at Cybertech Europe 2021 in Rome!
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